If you grew up playing Neo-Geo and SNK games in the arcade as a young lad then I shouldn’t need to tell you that SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 will be a huge blast from the past. Personally I was never big into SNK games, nor did I own a Neo-Geo but I do remember rocking a few of these games from time to time at the arcade, especially Baseball Stars and Fatal Fury. Here is a rundown of the titles included in this Volume.
Art of Fighting, Baseball Stars 2, Burning Fight, Fatal Fury, King of the Monsters, Last Resort, Magician Lord, Metal Slug, Neo Turf Masters, Samurai Showdown, Sengoku, Shock Troopers, Super Sidekicks 3, The King of Fighters 94, Top Hunter, and World Heros.
From what I have read apparently you could download each of these titles individually from the virtual console for 900 points. This may be the route you want to take if there are just a few games on this list you want to own, but surely if you want the whole package $30.00 is cheaper than paying 900 VC points per game.
Fortunately you can use 3 methods to control the games. I am not big on playing fighting games with the Wiimote or Nunchuk, but I do own a Gamecube Wavebird controller and this immediately improved my experience with these games. I think trying to play these games with the new Wii Nunchuck was the most difficult for me, especially when playing fighting games. The Wiimote turned sideways was just fine, but for me I love the feel of the Gamecube Wavebird. It might be one of the best controllers ever made in my opinion so I was happy to find that this game supported it.
Graphically as you can expect nothing has been improved on these games from the day they were made, yes they will look much better on your TV due to the changes in technology but SNK did nothing to the games to change them. Sound wise the same deal, these games were ported to run on the Wii with no improvements other than a menu system to select a game you want to play and the ability to unlock items, such as a rundown of moves for the fighting games and some artwork.
Reviewing a game like this is difficult because it really is a disc of old school games and they are displayed on your screen exactly the way they were back in the 90’s. Baseball Stars 2 was a wonderful blast from the past, I can remember playing this one in the arcade, and I always played as the New York Monsters or the Italian Waves. Truly this game will rate differently for everyone in that if your a fan of SNK and Neo-Geo than this game will hold a special place in your heart. If your new to SNK and want to get a bundle of great old school games then I say go for it the price is right and will keep you busy for hours.